Spontaneous people are happier!If you were reaching for your personal planner, it might just be time to throw it away. Turns out, according to our latest research, that impulsive people happier in pretty much everything – from work to relationships, family life to living situations, and financially.
It’s a pretty common belief that spontaneous people lead more exciting, glamourous lifestyles than the orderly among us, who take time to consider and plan with just that bit more forethought; but now it’s time to consider that they also lead far happier lives, too.
We found that 64% of people who describe themselves as impulsive are “happy” or “very happy” overall, compared to just 52% of those who class themselves as not impulsive. The biggest difference comes in people’s work satisfaction, where impulsive people are 10% happier than non-impulsive. Similarly, those who said they followed their instincts in the workplace are also 50% more likely to land a mid-level or senior position, as six out of ten impulsive people fill these roles compared to just four out of ten planners.
Relationships are also happier and more rewarding for impulsive people, with 65% of them saying they are “happy” or “very happy” compared to 56% of non-impulsive people. Maybe a spontaneous break away is the ticket to re-igniting the spark!
But it’s not all doom and gloom for those of a more thoughtful disposition. Those who are less impulsive are more likely to own their own home and have more money at their immediate disposal. Almost half (45%) of the planners surveyed could access £5,000 or more immediately (without any reliance on a loan or overdraft), compared to just 36% of impulsive people. The result of one too many spontaneous purchases, perhaps?
So when exactly are we at our most impulsive? The results show that people carried out the highest number of impulsive activities – from bungee jumping, to booking a last-minute holiday and buying an expensive item they didn’t need – between the ages of 35-44.
The top 10 cities with the most impulsive people are:
- Belfast 2. Manchester 3. Sheffield 4. Newcastle 5. Leeds 6. London 7. Glasgow 8. Cardiff 9. Norwich 10. Bristol
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Marie Lethbridge, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at www.mindhealthltd.co.uk, said: “Spontaneity allows
us to be mindful and totally immersed in the activity we’re engaging in, which has been linked to an
increase in mental wellbeing and happiness. Often we behave in a rigid, planned and fixed way because
of anxieties and worries we have – planning a trip to the last detail, checking and rechecking information
etc. Instead of worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, acting instinctively allows us to engage
fully in what we’re doing at the time, and focus our whole attention on this.”
Matt Fox, CEO of Snaptrip, added: “We wanted to find out how one element of your personality could
affect your overall happiness, and were really surprised to see that spontaneity can have such an impact
across the board. Whether they go for a skydive or book a last minute break, spontaneity clearly has its benefits!”